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Andyandsue 03-07-2007 03:00 PM

Eclipse tank (BioWheel) with an air stone?
Does anyone have an Eclipse tank, or similar with a BioWheel and use an air pump/stone? Do you think there is any reason why I should or should not do this?

Terrainosaur 03-07-2007 09:01 PM

Yes I bought an Eclipse 6 with BioWheel. The BioWheel filters are the way to go with almost all tanks. The wheel rotates through the water, picks up tons of oxygen, and mixes it with the good bacteria. That quickly converts ammonia to nitrite, and nitrate to nitrate, which is much less dangerous. You just do water changes to get rid of nitrate.

The Eclipse tanks are mostly small. That's good for space, but smaller tanks are more difficult to keep stable. A big tank would change temperature slower, ammonia can be controlled easier, etc. So don't overstock, and do check the water frequently with such a small tank. Also, add a heater to keep it a steady temperature.

Andyandsue 03-07-2007 09:44 PM

I already have 2 eclipse tanks. I'm wondering if anyone uses an air pump/stone with theirs in addition to the BioWheel...

Terrainosaur 03-08-2007 10:54 AM

Yes, I got a Whisper airpump rated for 8g. I hooked it up to a 7" bubble curtain with suction cups and attached it to the back bottom of the tank. My guppies swim down the bubble curtain like salmon swim up waterfalls.

I mainly got this for the look, but it should aerate the water a little bit more. Everything I've read says aeration isn't necessary with the BioWheel.

herefishy 03-08-2007 07:10 PM

Airation also creates a current or water flow which allows for added circulation. Too much circulation is bad as the fish may not like swift current unless they are gobies or the like.

myuzicman 03-08-2007 10:53 PM

I have a 29 gallon eclipse. I used to have an air stone in the tank just for decoration, but I took it out when I noticed a lot of algae liked to grow on it. When I had it it, my Cichlids liked to play in the bubbles and it made for interesting pictures of my tank.

Terrainosaur 03-09-2007 12:16 PM

I noticed the current that the bubble curtain causes, but my guppies are extremely active and seem to like it. Still, I shut off the air pump at night so they can rest.

damselfish 03-09-2007 12:30 PM

Hi. lol I have a 5 gallon eclipse too.. I love it. I want to put in a airstone, I dont see why not. Doesnt it have the best filter though, and its seamless, well I just really like it. I dont see the problem at all in putting a airstone :D

Andyandsue 03-14-2007 10:37 AM

I haven't had any issues with the filtration in any of my Eclipse tanks, but you need to stay on top of them that's for sure.

I wanted to add the a small airstone just for the fish to play in. Still not sure if I am going to do it.

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